Red and White Challenge Wrap Up

Hey everyone! Have you had a chance to watch the virtual tour of the 2022 Red & White Quilt Challenge Quilt Show at The Gathering? As promised, Kali has put together a nice little video for those of you who were not able to make it to The Gathering to see it in person, which I am thrilled to say was posted last week and is now available for your viewing pleasure on my YouTube Channel by clicking the STITCH button below! Follow me as I walk you through the entire show, which includes over 150 stunning red and white quilts submitted by quilters from all over the U.S. – all hung on display in our 10,000-square-foot retreat house for the Christmas season!

If you recall, the driving force behind this challenge was the fact that I love red and white quilts so much that I thought I should celebrate them in a way that would really show their stylish designs off properly. I wanted to do something similar to when the American Folk Art Museum in New York installed 650 red and white American quilts into the historic Wade Thompson Drill Hall back in 2011. I mean, just picture that! 650 red and white quilts, all hanging in one 55,000 square foot room. Though not quite as large as the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, with its abundant wall space, super tall ceiling, and spectacular lighting, The Gathering is also a fabulous place to show off your work. That’s why I had the ultimate goal to fill it with red and white quilts by mid-November, just in time for the Christmas season – and thanks to all of you we did it! I want to give a huge shout-out of gratitude to all of you who participated in our first quilt challenge at Primitive Gatherings because without you, there would have been no show!

As much as I would have loved to give a winning ribbon out to every single one of you that sent an entry in for the show, 150 is a lot of ribbons! That being said, in case you weren’t aware we did have nine prize categories that were presented. Prizes were awarded for first through third places, honorable mention, best of show, best workmanship, judge’s choice, viewer’s choice, and most creative. Congratulations to the well earned winners. Spectacular work!

This was the first time we’ve ever done a challenge like this at PG, and I am thrilled to be able to say it was a success. Of course, with it being our first juried quilt show there were a couple of growing pains along the way, but honestly nothing major. In fact, it was so much of a success that we can’t wait to do it again! My team and I have been discussing the details for our next challenge at length but aren’t quite ready to put them out to the world yet, so please bear with us. I do know that we’ve decided that the theme for the 2023 Primitive Gatherings Quilt Challenge will be Red, White, and Green, so start thinking about how you might want to tackle that color combo! I also know for sure that it’ll be even better this time around now that we’ve been through the gauntlet once, so if you’re thinking about joining the challenge – do it! You won’t be disappointed and you might even win some moola!

If I’ve piqued your interest about our next challenge but you’re still unsure if it’s for you, I will be talking about it more this coming Thursday during my LIVE show at 1:00 p.m. on YouTube, so make sure you set your reminder for that! We’ll also be talking about the upcoming Sue Spargo spring retreat at The Gathering, Dragonfly Dreams finishing kits, our new cotton scrap bags, and more! Hop on and join us – and just like here on the blog, remember to leave me a comment during the show for a chance to win a little something nice… I will see you there! ~Lisa

29 responses to “Red and White Challenge Wrap Up”

  1. Chrissy Avatar

    The video was absolutely amazing. Such beautiful quilts.

  2. Karen Hanson Avatar
    Karen Hanson

    I loved seeing all the quilts on YouTube. They were just beautiful.

  3. Donna Hodges Avatar

    The red and white quilts hung everywhere in the Gathering were so varied, so well done and so inspirational to see!

  4. Traci Slomba Avatar
    Traci Slomba

    So excited! I need to participate this time.its one of my favorite color combinations!

  5. Kathy Bradbury Avatar
    Kathy Bradbury

    This was truly a great show!!! Well done!

  6. Linda Lusby Avatar
    Linda Lusby

    Will your Red, White and Green challenge be open for Canadian submissions? I note that you said quilts for the Red and White challenge came from all over the US.

  7. Cindy Avatar

    It was beautiful seeing the quilts in person!!! Great job on the video!!

  8. Debbie Waschak Avatar
    Debbie Waschak

    I watched your video with all the red and white quilts several times. I love two color quilts especially red and white ones. It was amazing. So many talented quilters.

  9. carinmik84 Avatar

    Your challenges for us are so heartfelt, letting us show off our best because of you.
    thanks for all you do for us and inspire us with. Now to start brain storming, it will be here before ya know it!!!
    Carrie D

  10. Judy Donovan Avatar
    Judy Donovan

    Thank you for sharing your show with those of us who live too far away to visit. Beautiful job displaying the quilts!

  11. Ginny Johnson Avatar
    Ginny Johnson

    I loved watching the video. So many beautiful quilts!

  12. Joan Richards Avatar
    Joan Richards

    What beauty!

  13. Barbara Bayer Avatar
    Barbara Bayer

    Looks like a full agenda for the Live show on Thursday. The red and white quilt show at The Gathering was beautiful. So glad I got to see it!

  14. alice vail Avatar

    Stunning presentation for all of us who were unable to attend. The video was wonderful. Thank you (and your staff too) for all the hard work that went into the event as well as sharing the results.

  15. smmothershead Avatar

    The red and white quilts were all so beautiful. It would have been difficult picking a winner! Thanks for sharing the video!!

  16. Lily Pinarello Avatar
    Lily Pinarello

    Thanks for sharing the Red and White quilts. They are all absolutely gorgeous. I know that The Gathering venue is a dream come true for you and it is truly a
    Quilters’ heaven!!! Congratulations.

  17. Karen H Avatar
    Karen H

    Look forward to Thursday Live, or the replay.
    Wanted to participate in the Challenge, even started plans for it, but it all got lost in the shuffle of life. Hope to participate in a future Challenge.

  18. Diane M. Poirier Avatar
    Diane M. Poirier

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  19. JOSEPHINE A HUDOCK (Joanne) Avatar

    The Gathering looked fabulous in the video, I wish I could have seen it in person. Well done

  20. Kathy Anderson Avatar
    Kathy Anderson

    Beautiful show! Wish I could have seen it in person. And you already have me looking into red, white and green quilts so hopefully I can participate this year. Thanks for all you do Lisa.

  21. Cindy Avatar

    The display of red/white quilts was amazing! I am anxious to see what you have planned! Congratulations to all! Keep sewing!

  22. Danette Stankovich Avatar

    All beautiful quilts! I may try to participate in the next one. I’ll try to think of a plan for red, white, and green.

  23. DoloresRoberts Avatar

    Beautiful quilts! Great show, really enjoyed watching it. Thank you for the video. Congratulations to all the winners.

  24. Nancy Black Avatar
    Nancy Black

    Oh I regretted not participating in your quilt challenge last year but so excited you will doing another one. You can count me in for sure!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      We can’t wait to see your work Nancy!

  25. Chris Allswede Avatar
    Chris Allswede

    I loved watching the red and white show video. You all did such an amazing job pulling it together and congrats to all of the winners! I wish I was able to see it in person but it just wasn’t possible this time. Hopefully, I will be able to make my way up North and see the next one.

  26. Pam Avatar

    Thank you Lisa for the red and white quilt show. I watched it on you tube and each quilt was very magnificent and stunning. Your generosity is so amazing and wonderful. I look forward to participating this next year.

  27. lee Avatar

    beautiful!! Congratulations to the winners!!

  28. Brenda Kowalski Avatar
    Brenda Kowalski

    Wow such beautiful quilts and such great prizes. Love red and white quilts. Congratulations to all!

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